If Sophie had been attending, she would haveseen Wizard Suliman①go up to Lettie②.Now that he was himself, it was clear that Wizard Suliman was at least astrong-minded as Lettie was. Lettie looked quite nervous as Suliman loomedcraggily over her. “It seemed to be the Prince’s③ memory I had of you and not myown at all,” he said.
“That’s quite all right,” Lettie said bravely. “It was a mistake.”
“But it wasn’t!” protested Wizard Suliman. “Would you let me take you on as apupil at least?” Lettie went fiery red at this and did not seem to know what tosay.
That seemed to Sophie to be Lettie’s problem. She had her own. Howl said, “Ithink we ought to live happily ever after,” and she thought he meant it. Sophie knew living happily ever after with Howl would be a great deal more eventful than any story made it sound, though she was determined to try. “It should be hair-raising,” added Howl.
“And you’ll exploit me,” Sophie said.
“And then you’ll cut up all my suits to teach me,” said Howl.